A South Dakota Native American tribe, the Oglala Sioux, has banned Republican Gov. Kristi Noem from the Pine Ridge Reservations after she made comments about the situation at the southern border.
Noem was speaking during a session before the state legislator giving support to Texas when she noted that cartels have infiltrated tribal reservations, including Pine Ridge.
The governor said that she wants to send more razor wire to help Texas.
Frank Star, the Oglala Sioux tribal president, did not appreciate the governor’s comments and banned her from setting foot on the reservation.
“I believe that many of the people coming to the southern border of the United States in search of jobs and a better life are Indian people from such places as El Salvador, Guatemalan, and Mexico and don’t deserve to be dehumanized and mistreated by people like Governor Abbott and his cohorts. They don’t need to be put in cages, separated from their children like during the Trump Administration, or be cut up by razor wire furnished by, of all places, South Dakota,” the tribal president stated. “Due to the safety of the Oyate, effective immediately, you are hereby Banished from the homelands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe!”
“It is unfortunate that President Star Comes Out chose to bring politics into a discussion regarding the effects of our federal government’s failure to enforce federal laws at the southern border and on tribal lands. My focus continues to be on working together to solve those problems,” Noem said in a statement addressing Star.
“In my speech to the legislature earlier this week, I told the truth of the devastation that drugs and human trafficking have on our state and our people,” she said. “The Mexican cartels are not only impacting our tribal reservations; they are impacting every community, from our big cities to our small towns. But our tribal reservations are bearing the worst of that in South Dakota. Speaking this fact is not meant to blame the tribes in any way — they are the victim here. They are the victim of cartel-driven criminal activity, and they are the victim of inaction by the federal government.”
What’s really interesting about this whole situation is that Star is enforcing a border ban on Neom because he’s mad Neom wants the US southern border closed. Who wants to tell him?